Let’s play a game to break the ice. Everyone say your name and say an adjective that starts with the same letter of your name. Everyone ready? I’ll start! I am Joyful Joanne!
^^^Raise your hand if you can relate to that situation. What adjective did you use? Amazing Allison? Beautiful Brittany? Charming Courtney? Sweet Sarah?
I’ve always been Kind Kat. It’s generally the only adjective that comes to mind since I am not kyphotic or kittenish or kyrgyzstani (although I may be kooky).
Kind Kat is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most days, I am more fluent in sarcasm and judgment than I am in kindness.
God does not ask me to speak words of sarcasm. He commands me to speak words of grace, charity, and kindness.
Ten Verses for When You Are Feeling Kind
So far, this series has been a little heavy, but today, we are going to lighten it up! Put a smile on your face because I have 10 verses about being joyful!
The authors of self-help books (and most calligraphers on Pinterest) constantly tell us that we are enough. We are strong. We are smart. We are brave. We are capable. We are sufficient within ourselves.
Can I propose that maybe we aren’t enough?
One of my biggest hopes after graduation was to move out on my own. When I was hired at PIU in September, I had full confidence that I would have an apartment before the end of October.
Spoiler alert: I have worked at PIU nearly nine months, and I didn’t move until three days ago.
In those nine months of waiting on a delayed dream, I often thought of “Harlem,” the iconic poem by Langston Hughes.
As I spent the past year waiting for my dream to be fulfilled, I saw my dream fall into each of Hughes’s scenarios. My dream traveled through the stages of shriveling, festering, rotting, crusting, and sagging.
Partially out of personal interest, and partially out of scholastic necessity, I recently read The Scarlet by Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you are not familiar with the story, it takes place in a New England colony with devout Puritan standards. The main character, Hester Prynne, is found guilty of adultery, and she is condemned to constantly wear a scarlet letter A on her blouse as her punishment. The red letter is a beacon of guilt, shrouding Hester in shame. Because the town cannot ignore her sin, she is always remembered for her transgression.
I jolted awake as the plane lurched up, down, left, right. While the flight attendants rushed to their seats and buckled in, a voice came over the speaker. “The captain has indicated that we will experience severe turbulence. Please buckle your seat belts.”
Although I consider myself a seasoned air traveler, I gripped the armrests. We were thousands of feet above Mississippi, and the plane was bumping along like a lawnmower in a potato field.
I heard the ding of a call light followed by the same voice on the speaker. “The flight attendants have been asked to stay seated. Please turn off your light unless this is an extreme emergency.”
“That’s it,” I thought. “We are going down. Here I come Jesus!”
It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.
The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel. Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment. The Bible does not condemn emotions. Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.
For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings. I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.
10 Verses for when you feel anxious.